The Stampede

February 11, 2021

Message from Mr. Garrett

What a great week at the Original Ridge, I loved seeing all the students at WMS! I again want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we work hard to be more efficient in our new drop off and pick up locations for students.

I appreciate your support and allowing us to educate your student each day at the Ridge. Have a great 5 day weekend!


Carl Garrett

Principal- WMS

Mask Guidelines

Please see the information below concerning mask guidelines at WMS. Following these guidelines each day will help not only protect your son or daughter but other students and staff members as well.

  • Surgical masks or cloth face coverings made with two layers of fabric.
  • Cloth masks should be washed after you wear them in hot water with detergent. Bleach is not necessary to kill the virus on cloth masks.
  • Make sure masks fit securely over your nose and mouth.
  • Masks with valves in them are not recommended, because the valves allow all of the mask wearer's exhalation to exit through the valve.

If your child does not have a mask with two layers of fabric, we have extra surgical masks to give to individual students as needed.

Picture Day February 22 & 23

Picture Day has been rescheduled to February 22 & 23. We will be taking pictures during the in-person hybrid day at WMS. Your student will bring home picture packets next week.

Spring Track Season

Parents, we will have a spring track season this school year! It will look a little different given our current hybrid learning mode, but here is some information to begin with:

-If your child plans to participate in track, they will need to have the KSHSAA Physical, Concussion and Waiver Forms on file. Please click here to access these forms:

-First track practice will be on Monday, March 1.

-Students can only come to practice on their hybrid in-person days at school. Fridays are optional for athletes to attend practice, but transportation will not be provided.

-The track website has detailed information regarding the track meet schedule as well as safety protocols that will be in place to keep students and staff safe.

-The Parent Meeting Information Google Slides presentation is taking the place of a traditional parent meeting. Please go to the website below and click on the Parent Meeting tab to find this presentation. Parents need to read through the information found on those slides to be up to date with all of the protocols and information for the upcoming season.

Please reach out if you have specific questions or concerns. We are looking forward to having spring sports back at WMS!

Late Arrivals

If your student arrives to WMS after 8:10 for any reason (appointment, overslept, running late or tardy) please have them enter at the MAIN OFFICE ENTRANCE. We will take their temperature and help them get to class. You can simply give the office a call with their reason for absence and have the student come to the door and ring the buzzer.

The grade-level entrances will close at 8:10.

Reporting An Absence

You may report an absence via email by sending an email to

Please include:

  • Student Name
  • Grade
  • Reason for Absence

You may also call the WMS Main Office at 913.856.2900.

This will include reporting an absence for the days they are remote and cannot log in at the required check-in time.

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Doors Open at 7:50

Staff will be at each entrance door and will open the doors for students to enter at 7:50 a.m. each day.

Drop Off / Pick Up Information

Thank you for your patience as we navigate having 5th - 8th grade students back at WMS and the new expectations for drop off and pick up.

PLEASE pull up as far as possible in the loop. This will allow more students being dropped off or picked up at one time. It may take a few more steps for your child, but it helps keep the line of cars behind you moving!

Do not park in any of the parking stalls for drop off or pick up. We want to keep your student as safe as possible and keep the flow of traffic moving efficiently.

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference Information

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, February 11 from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, February 12 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You should have received communication from your student's teachers and grade level teams about how to schedule a conference time.

PowerSchool Access Codes

If you have not received your Access Codes for PowerSchool Parent Portal please CLICK HERE to fill out a google form. An email will be sent to you with access information within 2 business days of your request.


If you received a letter about needing to update immunizations earlier this year please get those in to Nurse Valenta as soon as possible.
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In Case You Missed It.....the following items are from previous editions

Inclement Weather Days

Earlier this week the district emailed information to parents regarding the plan for inclement weather. Please take a minute to review the document and be familiar with the schedule changes when we move to a Flexible Instruction Day and the buildings are closed.

Please view this document to learn more about our inclement weather protocols:

Middle School – Inclement Weather Days Protocol


When the chance for severe or inclement weather looms, we will only post the cancellation of school, athletic events, and other activities.

If school is canceled or a Flexible Learning Day is called due to inclement weather, the information will be available in the following formats:

  • Posted on our website found HERE.

  • Posted to social media

  • Local television stations (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC)* Please know we are at the mercy of these stations as to whether or not they relay the information. There have been instances of when the district has provided information and the news station did not get it posted.

  • Thrillshare App

Treats for Celebrations

Just a gentle reminder to parents: if you are planning to provide treats to be handed out in class for a special celebration, such as a birthday, they need to be individually sealed/wrapped. An example would be Rice Crispy Treats that were factory sealed.

Her is another GREAT option for you as well:

In addition to providing breakfast and lunch, did you know USD 231 Nutrition Services also cater birthday treats directly to the 5th grade classrooms? Hassle-free, safe and affordable options to celebrate your student’s special day.

Order form/menu >>

Please allow one-week notice for events.

Reminder From Nutrition Services

Just a reminder... Although school meals are free for the 2020-2021 school year, students are still welcome to bring a lunch from home as they desire. Please note that although these students will still be permitted to purchase milk or juice ($0.55 each) to accompany their lunch from home, these individual items are not covered by the program. Only complete meals are available for free. Weekly balance reminders are sent to families whose students' account balances fall below zero due to these types of purchases.

Document Cameras Still Available

Attention 6th-8th Grade Hybrid Students:

The district has made available document cameras for all hybrid students until you return to full time in person learning at WMS.

Pick Up Procedure:

  • Since the pick up day has passed, please come to the WMS Main Office, ring the buzzer and let us know your student's name and grade. We will bring the camera to you at the door.

Students will turn document cameras back in to the district once we return to full time in person learning.

Click HERE for instructions on setting up your document camera.

Calling All Library Books!

Please have your student check their library account to see if they still have books checked out from last school year. Several overdue notices have been emailed to students and guardians since August. We will be marking these books as lost if they have not been turned in by November 24th. Books can be returned to the front office during any school day. Please contact Ms. Hawkins if you have any questions.

Snap a Pic and Share It!

Yearbook Reminder:

Parents and Guardians, the Yearbook staff is still in need and seeking pictures of:

  • students in their learning environments
  • students with their pets.
  • students participating in Spirit Week
  • students in their school appropriate costumes
  • an activity they do in their spare time
  • students holding a sign stating something they are thankful for
  • picture of student, and 1-3 sentences telling their hopes for 2021
  • students in Chiefs gear celebrating the return to the Super Bowl

Please tell us in the message of the email the student name and grade. Send your yearbook pics to

WMS Library Book Curbside Pick Up

Remember we are offering curbside pickup of library books from the WMS Media Center!

Check previous editions of The Stampede for details on how to utilize Destiny to find and hold your books.

WMS Curbside Pick up Form


Schoology Parent Account

If you would like access to your Schoology parent account please fill out the google form linked below. You only need to request this if your student is currently using schoology for remote learning and you can include all of your middle school students in one request. An email will be sent to you within 3 business days of your request with your individualized parent code and log in instructions.

CLICK HERE for the google form.

Appointment Required for Office Visits

Our school office is currently open and running on a limited schedule. If you are visiting for any reason, we ask that you call ahead to make an appointment (913.856.2900). All visitors will be asked to wear face coverings during their appointment time. Thank you for your cooperation.
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